Customer Insight

Created and published in house by TLF Research. Customer Insight magazine is our way of sharing features, case studies and latest thinking on creating an outstanding customer experience. All designed to inform, stimulate debate and sometimes to provoke. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy creating it!

Category: Customer Experience

Irish Life

Irish Life

"All the struggles and contests that I ever fought seem only playful games now..."1 Irish Life is an organisation we’ve followed for a long time in these pages. This is the third case study we’ve featured on the Irish provider of life assurance, health insurance, pensions and investments. That in itself reveals one of the secrets to their success – sustained commitment over the l...
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From Service To Loyalty

From Service To Loyalty

Research now shows that many of the various programmes organisations are undertaking to use customer service to improve business performance and results fail to achieve the planned outcomes. For example, just a few months ago, Bob Thompson the founder of CustomerThink Corporation in America, wrote an article entitled ‘An Inconvenient Truth: 93% of Customer Experience Initiatives are Failing ...
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Customer Survey FAQs

Customer Survey FAQs

You might find yourself in a situation where, despite your enthusiasm, internal stakeholders are sceptical about outsourcing your survey to an agency. In this article, I will take you through some of the challenges and questions that you are likely to face and how you might respond to provide reassurance. Some stakeholders may feel anxious or concerned about customer surveys and securing ‘bu...
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Influencer Marketing and Customer Experience

Influencer Marketing and Customer Experience

Social media can be divided into many different areas from advertising to content market and community management. However, due to its word of mouth nature, influencer marketing has emerged and established itself as one of the most lucrative tactics, if done correctly. “Who are you most likely to believe? A company website that says their product is the greatest thing since sliced bread or s...
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Clicks and Mortar

Clicks and Mortar

If the news is to be believed, we could lose the – once mighty – retail juggernaut that is the British high street within the next 10 to 15 years. This seems a little pessimistic to me - as anyone that has been to a city centre recently will tell you, they’re still buzzing. What it does highlight though, and the 20 or so major retail closures so far this year will testify to this...
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How do you Answer NPS?

How do you Answer NPS?

If you work in customer experience or customer insight it’s a fair bet that you’ve spent a bit of time wondering how to ask NPS. How should the question be worded? Should it be relationship or transactional? At the front of the survey or the end? 0-10 or 1-10? But how much time have you spent thinking about how you answer it? If you’re like me, you may have noticed that when you&...
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Capturing the Customer Voice in the Housing Sector

Capturing the Customer Voice in the Housing Sector

One of the challenges of satisfaction measurement, in any sector, is how best to balance the need for a survey to reflect the unique needs of each organisation’s customers  with the need for a comparable benchmark. The established satisfaction benchmark for the housing sector has been, for many years, the STAR methodology developed by HouseMark. Now, after a significant period of resear...
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Targeting

Targeting

A few years ago, soon after my 50th birthday, I remember being ashamed when a copy of the Saga magazine landed on the doormat. “Hide it quick unless anyone sees it!” However, insulted though I was, I had to admire the brilliant marketing. Knowing I had turned 50 was easy enough but I had to admit that the magazine itself was a master stroke. Glossy, well designed and packed with good j...
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Staycation vs Vacation

Staycation vs Vacation

With holiday season well and truly upon us, we decided to see if the warm spells we’ve been having across the UK (this year we had the hottest Easter Monday on record) have influenced people’s decisions as to how they’ll be spending their time away this year from how often they’ll be going away, to how they’ll be booking their holiday, from where they’ll be goin...
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BeerBods: More People Drinking Better Beer

BeerBods: More People Drinking Better Beer

Craft beer and subscription models are both huge trends right now, and they’re brought together in the beer subscription club BeerBods. We caught up with founder Matt Lane to talk about his approach to business, the strengths of the club model, and the company’s crowdfunding success. The BeerBods story The growth of the craft beer industry shows (thank goodness) no sign of slowing, eve...
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New Models, New Experiences, and the Primacy of Customer Experience

New Models, New Experiences, and the Primacy of Customer Experience

It feels like we’ve been reading about the switch from product to service for a long time. Even in the late 90s the most admired business leaders were saying things like “We’re not in the X business, we’re in the service business” while everyone nodded along. Which makes you wonder—is there anything significantly new about the sudden explosion of subscription mo...
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Gousto: A Delicious Twist

Gousto: A Delicious Twist

Gousto is a subscription recipe box company, aiming to “deliver inspiration to every home-cook”. Founded in 2012, it has grown from four to over 500 employees, and has secured £75 million in investment. It has ambitious plans for the future, too—delivering almost 2 million meals every month, Gousto is on track to help UK families serve up 400 million meals by 2025. Customer...
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Simple but Not Easy - Using Digital to Engage

Simple but Not Easy - Using Digital to Engage

Organisations in every sector are scrambling to figure out how to use digital tools to raise their profile, win new business, and engage with existing customers. There’s a profusion of tools and approaches and a never-ending supply of “gurus” and “thought leaders” purporting to tell you how to do it best. It can all be a little overwhelming, and many of us suspect tha...
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Fill Onboarding  ‘Potholes’ To Transform Customer Journeys

Fill Onboarding ‘Potholes’ To Transform Customer Journeys

In an age of “click and get it done,” customers are conditioned to expect business interactions to be simple, speedy and convenient. Applying for a credit card, for example, should be as seamless as snapping and sharing a photo from a smartphone. But if a business asks you to send documents by fax, email or mail/post? That’s very frustrating. Proving identity shouldn’t be s...
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Self-Service Till Rage

Self-Service Till Rage

Is it the new road rage? I’m sure if I logged rage episodes per hour self-service till rage would out-distance road rage by some margin. Just last week I was in the M&S on Sheffield station getting myself some food for the train. Until recently there were 3 normal checkouts, with 2 of them usually manned, and 3 self-service checkouts. Now there is 1 normal checkout, seemingly un-manned u...
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Nordstrom Reinvent the High Street

Nordstrom Reinvent the High Street

Nordstrom Local's 3 Los Angeles stores have everything...Except products! Most retailers, especially department stores, need to adapt to compete with online shopping. Nordstrom seems to have cottoned onto this before most. Its three recently-opened Nordstrom Local stores in Los Angeles are not retail shops as much as experiential locations that offer services like tailoring, manicures, returns, sa...
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January 2019 UKCSI

January 2019 UKCSI

The UKCSI is the benchmark measure of customer satisfaction across 13 sectors of the UK economy, conducted by The Institute of Customer Service. For over a decade it has provided us with a biannual snapshot of how UK consumers are feeling. The Institute tell us that “The UK Customer Satisfaction Index gives a unique insight into the quality of customer service in your sector. So you can see ...
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Fortune: The World's Most Admired Companies

Fortune: The World's Most Admired Companies

Every year since 1997 FORTUNE has published a list of the world’s most admired companies. The full list is available at: http://fortune.com/worlds-most-admired-companies. We thought it would be interesting to take a look at the top 10, and unpack what it is that makes them so admired. How do the FORTUNE results tally with other sources of information such as customer satisfaction benchm...
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Gradually then Suddenly

Gradually then Suddenly

Culture change is something every business needs, but it can be frustratingly hard to pin down the best way to go about doing it. At TLF’s 2018 Client Conference I did my best to clarify what culture means, and to present some evidence on how to change it. I took the phrase “Gradually, then suddenly” from an Ernest Hemingway novel, in which someone explains how they went bankrupt...
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Get To It!

Get To It!

Missing [in]action In earlier issues of Customer Insight magazine I’ve written about the importance of encouraging customers to take part in your surveys by warming them up.  An important element of the warm up is letting customers know that taking part is going to benefit them in the end because improvements will be made based on their feedback. This is the incentive for them to take ...
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Evolution Revolution: TLF Client Conference 2018

Evolution Revolution: TLF Client Conference 2018

In March we gathered, once again, at One Great George Street in London for our annual client conference. It’s one of our favourite days of the year, despite the nerves and inevitable (hopefully invisible) minor backstage disasters. It’s a chance for our clients to meet each other, hear from an inspirational keynote speaker, and learn lessons from some client case studies. We also enjoy...
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CX World Tour

CX World Tour

Working in customer experience is a fascinating line of work – but at times it can also be so frustrating. It’s fascinating as, in measuring customer experience and helping organisations drive changes that enhance the customer journey; I fully understand the value this can have for customers and for a business. But frustrating when every day I see customer experience fails - surely it ...
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Why Should I Come To Your Store?

Why Should I Come To Your Store?

It’s 70 years since the first self-service supermarket opened in the UK. Even though it was over 30 years behind its arrival in America some members of the British public were far from prepared. There were reports that one frustrated shopper annoyed at having to select her own shopping threw a basket at Alan Sainsbury, grandson of founder John James Sainsbury and the brains behind the introd...
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Biffa: Superbrand, So What?

Biffa: Superbrand, So What?

Biffa was recently recognised as a UK business Superbrand. But what does this mean and how should a brand use this information within its own commercial activities? From the outset I should state that Biffa is not a sexy brand, and it certainly doesn’t operate in a sexy sector, and yet for the 11th consecutive year Biffa was identified in the annual Superbrands index as the UK’s No.1 b...
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Nationwide: Making the Connection

Nationwide: Making the Connection

Using technology to get closer to customers It’s hard to avoid coverage of the impact of technology on customer experience. Whether it’s AI, digital channels, or augmented reality, technology is mounting an assault on the traditions of customer service. Too often this is billed as being in opposition to the human-to-human interactions of traditional customer service: AI will replace ag...
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Mapping The Customer Journey

Mapping The Customer Journey

All of a sudden, everyone is Mapping The Customer Journey. It’s a concept that has been around in customer research for decades, but its recent rise to prominence may be linked to the success of service design thinking. Why is it so hot right now? Done well it has the ability to drive quick changes to organisations’ processes, culture, and frontline behaviour based on a customer-led vi...
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TLF Customer Experience Conference 2017

TLF Customer Experience Conference 2017

In March we hosted our Annual Client Conference in London, returning to One Great George Street’s impressive Brunel lecture theatre and Great Hall. Whether they’ll let us back after Rob built a campfire on stage is another question…but more on that later. The conference is our chance to get clients together to share ideas, to learn from each other, and to be inspired. This year ...
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Customer Journey Mapping in Social Housing

Customer Journey Mapping in Social Housing

As housing associations continue to refine services to improve the customer experience, customer journey mapping is increasingly used as a valuable insight tool which can aid the redesign of such services.  Here we explore journey mapping and the value it can provide housing associations.  What is a Customer Journey Map? Put simply, it is a diagram, in order, of the important touchpoints...
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Loyalty: The Blueprint to Success

Loyalty: The Blueprint to Success

Customers across many companies feel aggrieved that their loyalty is not rewarded – hardly surprising when they see new customers getting all the best offers. This is not the scenario at Huddersfield Town Association Football Club (HTAFC) where the entire commercial strategy is based on rewarding loyalty. Here are some of the most eye catching examples. The Premiership Pledge Back in 2010 HT...
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16th Annual Customer Experience Conference

16th Annual Customer Experience Conference

Almost 200 people gathered together at One Great George Street between the Houses of Parliament and Horse Guards Parade for TLF’s 16th Annual Customer Experience Conference. It was the 4th consecutive year for the venue, home to the Institution of Civil Engineers. Anyone who’s seen the amazing Georgian interiors will know why delegates rate this higher than any other venue on the post-...
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Competitor Analysis

Competitor Analysis

Customers tend to benchmark organisations very widely, comparing them with their experiences across many different sectors. Often customers’ recent experience is limited to one organisation per sector. They simply don’t currently deal with more than one local council, one mortgage lender, one mobile phone provider or one housing association. At other times, however, customers are much...
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Warming Up

Warming Up

Improve response rates and quality of response through effective pre-survey communications. A well executed warm up campaign will make your survey more cost effective by shortening the field work period (achieving interviews or responses more quickly) and increasing the response rate. It could also stimulate response from a wider range of customers, generating a more representative result and imp...
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Financial Services Complaints Management Forum

Financial Services Complaints Management Forum

At the start of the 14th annual Financial Services Complaints Management Forum the FCA provided an update on their complaints reporting requirements, which will be implemented in June 2016.These are the main points:-  An extension of the ‘next business day rule’, where firms are permitted to handle complaints less formally, without sending a final response letter, to the close of ...
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Omnichannel

Omnichannel

Why it’s time for customer service to go omnichannelIt’s well recognised that consumers are increasingly choosing to use many different communication channels when transacting with customers. A survey at the end of 2013 for CRM software specialists Zendesk of 7,000 consumers in 7 countries showed that 67% of online shoppers had made purchases that involved multiple channels in the prev...
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Why Do Companies Never Learn?

Why Do Companies Never Learn?

When you’ve been in this game as long as I have you do wonder sometimes how companies can just keep on making the same mistakes over and over again.  In the name of performance improvement they spend vast amounts of money on consultants, training, learning but still make schoolboy errors when it comes to getting the basics right.To illustrate, I’m going to depart from my norm...
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Satisfying the High Rollers

Satisfying the High Rollers

Does being a high roller guarantee better service and therefore mean you are more likely to be a satisfied customer? The simple and straightforward answer would seem to be yes. Picture Richard Gere in Pretty Woman producing his exclusive, unlimited credit card and the ensuing service borne only of those who sense a big tip is in the air. However scratch the surface of service in these platinum pla...
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How impressed is your board when you present survey results?

How impressed is your board when you present survey results?

Yes I do know they’re not easy to impress, but do we always help ourselves by the way we present results from customer surveys? I think the problem stems from the fact that the people responsible for the surveys (whether research agencies or company managers) are immersed in the detail of the survey, keen to tell the full story and too obsessed with demonstrating the credibility / statistica...
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Why Do Customers Switch

Why Do Customers Switch

 In September 2011 I took a family holiday in Turkey with a leading tour operator. The sun shone, the 5 star hotel was clean and well appointed, the food fantastic and my children loved it. All in all a recipe for the perfect holiday, one very happy customer you might think and a guaranteed repeat booking for next year...or maybe not?A recent study by the Institute for Customer Service says f...
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Bringing the Voice of the Customer into the Boardroom

Bringing the Voice of the Customer into the Boardroom

One of the biggest frustrations of customer insight and customer contact staff is how to convey customers’ views to senior management in a way that makes them sit up and take notice. It’s difficult with statistics, almost impossible with reports – and please don’t show me another PowerPoint presentation!! Of course, for some time it’s been possible to video customers....
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Storytelling Maximising the Impact of Customer Research

Storytelling Maximising the Impact of Customer Research

Research has been commissioned and insight identified but getting individuals to change their behaviours in order to produce an improved customer experience has proven to be more difficult. Does this scenario sound familiar?Experience has shown that ‘Storytelling’ can be an extremely useful tool for organisations to maximise the impact of customer research. Within this article we aim t...
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Selecting the Best Survey Method - Part 1

Selecting the Best Survey Method - Part 1

Current technology has multiplied the number of ways to collect customer feedback, often making it confusing to work out the best way to carry out customer research. Sarah Stainthorpe provides a summary of the different types of research and their purposes, as well as the pros and cons of different ways of obtaining customer feedback. Underlying attitudes or transaction specific? Fundamentall...
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Selecting the Best Survey Method - Part 2

Selecting the Best Survey Method - Part 2

Research - Selecting the best survey method In the last edition of Stakeholder Satisfaction we discussed the pros and cons of different survey methods. In this article, we will go into more detail about some of the latest self-completion methods, which we had said were useful for conducting transactional customer experience research in particular The three types of self-completion survey method we...
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Co-creation - Part 2 Value through choice

Co-creation - Part 2 Value through choice

Co-creaction - Part 2 Value through choice Some trends over the last couple of decades are well known. Exponential technological innovation has led to huge efficiency savings enabling firms to provide better value to customers. But they’ve had to because customers’ unprecedented access to information and easy networking with other customers has turned them into expert and confident buy...
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Co-creation - Part 3 of the new cutomer experience

Co-creation - Part 3 of the new cutomer experience

Co-creationPart 3: With customers not at customersThis article, the third in our series on co-creation is based on Stephen Hampshire’s presentation at The Leadership Factor conference in Manchester in March 2010.The basic purpose of co-creation is to help all businesses to engage more closely with their customers. I’m going to focus on three aspects of co-creation:why co-creation is di...
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Fast Guide - Attitudes and behaviours

Fast Guide - Attitudes and behaviours

Fast Guide - Attitudes and behaviour Many organisations fail to manage customers effectively because they don’t distinguish between customers’ attitudes and behaviour. Both are relevant to customer satisfaction and loyalty, but they’re different concepts requiring different information and decision making. Since it’s behaviours that deliver financial benefits we will examin...
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Customer - Loyalty: customer insight or sales promotion?

Customer - Loyalty: customer insight or sales promotion?

In November 2004, Hurricane Frances was rushing towards the Florida coastline. Some residents were already in their cars heading inland. Much further inland in Bentonville, Arkansas, there was also much activity in the Wal-Mart office as CIO Linda Dillman encouraged staff to take advantage of the company’s ‘predictive technology’. With almost 4,000 stores in the US and around 100...
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Research - Interviewing hard to reach customers

Research - Interviewing hard to reach customers

One of the main aspects of b2b research that distinguishes it from b2c is the greater difficulty of securing a response, whether the survey is self-completion or interviews. The most challenging task for researchers, however, is to interview certain hard to reach b2b audiences on the telephone. This is the main reason why b2b surveys cost more than b2c, but often research budgets still don’t...
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The Voice of the Customer

The Voice of the Customer

These days few company bosses would disagree with the words of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton:"There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everyone in the company from the Chairman down, simply by spending money somewhere else."So everybody’s interested in the Voice of the Customer but what exactly does it mean? Sam Walton was very clear about the goal – customers spending money...
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A great customer experience... Through The Customers' Eyes

A great customer experience... Through The Customers' Eyes

A few years ago we all used to talk about satisfying customers and improving customer satisfaction and loyalty. Today, some of the latest buzzwords that we are encouraged to strive for include delighting rather than satisfying customers, build a relationship with customers, improve customers’ emotional engagement with your company and even deliver a customer experience so great that your cus...
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Doing best what matters most to the customer

Doing best what matters most to the customer

It’s official – the most successful organisations are going soft – they’re becoming human again! They’ve remembered, ‘just in time’ (no pun intended), that ultimately business is about people – it’s about human beings, being human. The key assets of most organisations are not the buildings people work in, or the equipment and machines people o...
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I'll have the same again please - Why Consistency Matters

I'll have the same again please - Why Consistency Matters

Millions of people travel frequently to London, some for business, others for pleasure. For those who need to stay overnight, there are literally thousands of hotels to choose from so finding a room isn’t difficult. But talk to many of these visitors and you will discover that, by choice, they will always stay in the same hotel or the use the same chain time after time. These customers are &...
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Do Customers Like Being Surveyed?

Do Customers Like Being Surveyed?

If a company that you do business with writes to you, telephones or emails asking you to provide feedback on how satisfied you are with the service you’re getting from them, how do you react? Do you a. Regard it as totally unreasonable behaviour by the supplier? b. Feel that it shows they care about how you feel as a customer? c. See it as a pointless exercise that won’t make any di...
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Customer service starts at the top

Customer service starts at the top

Don Hales, Founder & Chairman of Judges of the National Customer Service Awards has had the opportunity to study at close quarters customer service in many leading organisations in every service sector. He is convinced that the secret to great customer service lies in leadership. He has linked with leading research organisation, Glowinkowski International to establish the behaviours of top cus...
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Making The Grade

Making The Grade

City & Guilds is a household name that strives to stay on top of the game by reacting to and anticipating the needs of its customers. A customer satisfaction survey sits next to other research activity to feed information into ongoing initiatives to improve and make the process easier for customers. A mixture of innovation and concentrating on getting the basics right is paying steady dividend...
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Rewarding Customer Satisfaction

Rewarding Customer Satisfaction

How do you feel after you've stayed at a hotel where you were treated like a VIP? Great, relaxed and happy! You book a return visit and you tell your friends about it. How do you feel after visiting a retail store where the sales representatives treated you as an "inconvenience" they had to deal with? Annoyed, dissatisfied and negative! You tell your friends and they tell other people too. Next ti...
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10 Customer Centred Lessons

10 Customer Centred Lessons

Harvard Professor John Kotter, with the help of some old video clips of Jack Welch and other leaders addressing his Harvard students twenty years or so ago, asked us why some companies had become customer-centred over the past 25 years, but many had not. "Tom Peters (with Bob Waterman) was the first to say 'Customer, Customer, Customer,' in answer to the question 'What makes a company great over t...
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Understanding financial implications of customer service

Understanding financial implications of customer service

My greatest claim to fame in the world of customer service is that seven years ago, assisted by my colleagues at Quest Media, I launched the National Customer Service Awards and I remain the chairman of judges for the programme to this day.Nowadays I combine that activity with speaking, writing and consulting on customer service and my specialist subject is helping people understand the financial ...
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Maximising loyalty the publishers way

Maximising loyalty the publishers way

Maximising loyalty the publishers’ way Readers of Stakeholder know the benefits of keeping customers highly satisfied. Whatever your favoured acronym or model, the message is the same - highly satisfied customers behave in a way that will benefit your business both in the short-term and long-term. As long you are able to keep them highly satisfied, that is. They will buy more, pay more, stay...
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Holding on to Stakeholders when it hits the fan

Holding on to Stakeholders when it hits the fan

I am starring in a play and, just as the curtains start to roll back, I realise that a) I have learned the lines to the wrong play and, b) I am stark naked. Before the men in white coats come to take me away, let me say in my defence that this is apparently quite a common sort of dream for strange people like me - and that it is hardly surprising after years of working in crisis management. For a ...
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Empowerment - How far dare you go?

Empowerment - How far dare you go?

Empowerment is not a new concept in customer service but Don Hales, founder and chairman of the judges of the National Customer Service Awards, has discovered from this year's finals that more companies than ever are releasing staff from strict rules and providing more freedom to act on their own initiative, allowing them to provide real service in response to customer needs. But how far can you g...
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Rating Scales in Customer Satisfaction Research

Rating Scales in Customer Satisfaction Research

1. Interval versus ordinal scales It is not unusual in satisfaction research to see simple verbal scales, where each point on the scale is given a verbal description (e.g. 'strongly agree', 'agree' or 'very satisfied', 'satisfied' etc). The problem is that such scales have only ordinal properties. They give an order from good to bad or satisfied to dissatisfied without quantifying it. In othe...
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Fast Guide - Customer Service

Fast Guide - Customer Service

Peel back the layers and you will discover that at the heart of any successful business lies its customers - cosseted, consulted, listened to, respected and appreciated. They are the leaders, the catalysts for future development. As Sir Terry Leahy, Chief Executive, Tesco once remarked, “We follow the customer, if they change, we change.” Quality customer service is critical - it is th...
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Annual customer satisfaction and loyalty conference 2006

Annual customer satisfaction and loyalty conference 2006

The Leadership Factor’s seventh annual conference on ‘customer satisfaction and loyalty’ took place on 2nd February. This year, like the most fickle of football fans, we abandoned Man Utd. (location for last year’s conference) and took up with Chelsea. Robert kicked off (sorry!) the day by introducing the ICS and its work, covering the ICS model for world class customer ser...
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SOCAP in Europe's Annual Conference

SOCAP in Europe's Annual Conference

Of huge interest was the first day appearance of Rachel Elnaugh as keynote speaker. Rachel had been booked before the much publicised collapse of Red Letter Days and it is testament to her courage that she didn’t cancel despite a further hauling over the coals the previous Friday, this time on Tonight with Trevor McDonald. SOCAPie CEO, Derek Williams decided to run the slot as a question and...
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UK Customer Experience Awards

UK Customer Experience Awards

Customer service is frequently quoted as being the most important factor in today’s economic climate in the battle to win, retain and grow customers. The importance of customer service cannot be underestimated but Awards International, a company that specialises in award programmes, believes that what really counts for customers in deciding where to spend their money is what it feels like to...
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Conference - European Customer Experience World

Conference - European Customer Experience World

The European Customer Experience World conference was held at the Radisson, Heathrow Airport on the 20th and 21st May. The focus was ‘delivering a great customer experience while improving operational performance’. Here are just some of the case studies outlined at the conference… Why is a clear vision important? A company’s vision needs to recognise the link between the...
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ECEW - Conference 2011

ECEW - Conference 2011

This year’s conference was held at the Sofitel Hotel at Heathrow and, as usual, featured a large array of interesting and varied speakers. This article highlights some of the most interesting speakers who made the strongest points about how to improve business performance through a strong focus on customer experience. Amongst the most enlightening was Anthony Thompson, founder and Chairman o...
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Complaint Research Data - True or False?

Complaint Research Data - True or False?

On 25th October 1946 at 8.30pm in room H3, the Gibbs Building, King’s College, Cambridge, an emotion-laden, and some say violent, encounter took place between the rival philosophers Popper and Wittgenstein . To this day no one can agree what happened between them in a meeting that lasted just 10 minutes. This is all the more astonishing because the events took place in front of an audience o...
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15th Annual Customer Satisfaction & Loyalty Conference

15th Annual Customer Satisfaction & Loyalty Conference

Wednesday March 12th saw nearly 200 senior managers and customer insight professionals sampling some excellent chocolate chip cookies prior to the start of TLF’s 15th annual Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty Conference at The Institution of Civil Engineers’ head office in Westminster. One Great George St is a magnificent Grade II listed, four-domed, Edwardian building. In its splendid ...
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TLF Annual Conference - Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

TLF Annual Conference - Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

First up was Linda Wallace from Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP), a major London social landlord, owning and managing more than 8,500 homes in Richmond & Hounslow. The company has 220 staff and an annual turnover of £33m. Housing associations are ‘not for profit’ businesses with a remit to provide affordable quality homes to less advantaged members of society. The average r...
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Complaint Handling

Complaint Handling

Why are complaints valuable? It’s a cliché, for good reason, but complaints provide businesses with some real opportunities. For a start, a complaint gives you a chance to see your organisation through the eyes of a customer. By pointing out flaws and weaknesses you are being given a chance to make corrections and improve your performance. By improving performance customers will be mo...
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The Gospel according to Carl (Sewell)

The Gospel according to Carl (Sewell)

When Carl Sewell joined the family firm in 1967 it was third out of three Cadillac dealerships in Dallas. Today it’s the biggest in America, $450million big, and all built on Sewell’s Ten Commandments of Customer Service. His principles work across the full market spectrum from Chevvys to Cadillacs and from Hyundais to Lexuses and will almost certainly apply just as well to solicitors,...
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ICS Annual Conference 2010

ICS Annual Conference 2010

The green end of a hard winter ICS annual conference 2010 A new beginning... ...the renaissance of customer service The economy, predictably enough, was high on the agenda at this year's ICS conference. That didn't mean that it was depressing, with one exception, but it did make you wonder about the "green shoots" featured on the front of the delegate pack. The conference was entitled "a new be...
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Tattoo You: Super Loyalty

Tattoo You: Super Loyalty

Ask a Harley-Davidson senior executive what they sell and you'll get the answer. And it's not motorbikes. "We sell to 43-year-old accountants the ability to dress in leather, ride through small towns and have people be afraid of them," says Harley-Davidson VP John Russell. Harley-Davidson executives love repeating this quote. It first appeared, to our knowledge, in the book Results-Based Leadershi...
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